September 3rd, 2012
08:30 AM ET

Pakistani police: Muslim cleric framed girl in Pakistan blasphemy case

From Nasir Habib, CNN

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) - Pakistani police say a Muslim cleric planted evidence to link a Christian girl to blasphemy - a new twist in a case that has fanned flames of religious tension in the country and attracted worldwide interest.

The imam, Khalid Jadoon Chishti, will himself face blasphemy charges for tearing pages out of a Quran to use as evidence against the girl, Islambad police chief Bin Yamin said.

The latest development may make it easier for the girl, 14-year-old Rimsha, to be released on bail at her next court hearing.

Police arrested Rimsha last month after a neighbor accused her of burning pages containing texts from the Muslim holy book, the Quran.

Read the full story on the Pakistani blasphemy case
- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Islam • Pakistan

soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. ScottCA

    Thank you Christopher, for your work toward freeing humanity with logic and reason from the Insanity of religion. You will be remembered in the same manner as those greats who risked their lives and gave their lives to bring the world out of the dark ages of religious ignorance and into the enlightenment.

    If there ever was a test in life, Hitchens has passed it with flying colors. He was a moral man because that's who he was, not because he was afraid of some fairytale non existent hell.

    September 3, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
  2. Stanley

    Religion of peace indeed. My prayer for all Muslims to know and accept the Lord Jesus and they will be saved. Christ will have rebuked these evil people on their hypocrisy.

    September 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • ScottCA

      The same Christ who teaches the proper manner for keeping slaves?
      All religion is an abuse on children, frightening them into obedience without question.
      Faith means to believe in something without good reason, thus it cannot tell us anything about what we should do or ought to do, for these require reasons. based in logic

      September 3, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
  3. Rational Libertarian

    I hate Muslims.

    September 3, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • ScottCA

      If you hate Islam then you have to hate Christianity and all faith based religion, because it is all the same ignorance, based in no evidence.

      September 3, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      I do, but the lack of a reformation in Islam makes it exceptionally contemptable.

      September 3, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Also, I said I hate Musilms, not Islam. Just like I hate Christians, not Christianity.

      September 3, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
  4. ScottCA


    September 3, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • mama kindless

      Such simple sensibility this man has. Very good.

      September 3, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • ScottCA

      Dawkins is a hero for all of humanity. He will remembered in kind with those brave men who risked and gave their lives to bring humanity out of the dark-ages imposed by religious ignorance and into the enlightenment through rational examination and logical thought.

      September 3, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
  5. ScottCA

    Muslim man attacks atheist Halloween religon protester

    September 3, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
    • Jewel of Mullah

      fvcing lair. waste of time video. no action only talks.

      September 3, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
  6. ScottCA

    Interesting talk about muslim cab drivers showing discrimination against riders.

    September 3, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
  7. ScottCA

    Nothing new. All religous leaders are spreading lies without any real evidence. Just as they are all abusing children and scaring them into obedience without question.

    September 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  8. Reality

    Just another example of the idocy of Islam-

    To my sister and brother Muslims,

    What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon?

    And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-planned acts of terror and horror?


    The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means. Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed. Then we can talk about the safety and location of mosques and what is taught therein.

    Until then, no Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

    September 3, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  9. ddpp

    does anyone know what religion dinosaurs were following? I am sure Gods were there to create them!

    September 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  10. Robert Chrisman

    Umm, I am sorry and I do not mean to offend anyone......actually I do not really care but I live in a world of idiots.

    Rewind and think......illiterate christian burns some pages from Quran(accused anyways)......neighbor says she saw them being burned......Imam adds evidence by committing same crime........lawyer for neighbor pushes to keep girl in jail?

    Anyone else see something wrong with this timeline?

    How did a christian get papers or verses from Quran? WOuld she have had them around house? Did she get them from neighbor's trash? Isn't Quran or verses from Quran suppose to be disposed of properly? Maybe neighbor girl's mother got scared when finding out their trash was used knowing the could be in trouble for just throwing in trash? Who is easy to blame? And damn this idiot cleric.....I will make a video of 101 uses of Quran if this girl is punished for something that in my thinking was something impossible without a muslim first doing something wrong( least if done by christian by throwing verses in trash) and blaming neighbor to refocus attention and and Cleric filled with hate in a supposed peaceful religion.

    September 3, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  11. HeavenSent

    Mohammad is burning in hell right now for the doing of his followers, imamas, and not following Jesus' truth. I just step on crap Mohammad forgot to pick up after his dog. It smells like Him. Satan is expert at spreading lies to make you follow his lies about God. Read the bible and be saved from hell.


    September 3, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • ScottCA

      I believe people call what you suffer from Schizophrenia, a disassociation from reality.
      There is no hell, it exists only in your mind, with no evidence for its existence.

      September 3, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
    • ddpp


      why question a creator of Universe, while you live an immeasurable amount of time on an insiginficant blue dot!!!?

      September 3, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
  12. Thunderbirds Are Go, After Their Poptart Break!

    Once again, religion sucks. Not surprised

    September 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  13. N Shah

    So one idiot represents all Islam? Who do you hateful idiots represent?

    September 3, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • Robert Chrisman

      One idiot does not represent all of Islam........one idiot points out the flaws of a law.

      September 3, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • ScottCA

      We moral atheists represent a little thing called reality.

      September 3, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
  14. N Shah

    No one is reporting the real story, Christians have lived in peace with Muslims in Pakistan for over 60 years, its only after the arrival of Afghan refugees has this trouble begun. This man Jadoon is an Afghan and the poor Afghans want to take over land belonging to poor Christians, and this was a land grab ploy, nothing to do with religion, people in the west see everything as black and white when it comes to Muslims.

    The poor Afghani refugees want to drive out the poor Christian families and take over this ghetto which is in the middle of Islamabad and one of the worlds most expensive properties.

    September 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • Robert Chrisman

      Ok, but I still think this comes down to basic facts. Ask yourself the same questions I have asked myself......How did christian girl obtain papers with verses from Quran? Obviously from trash. Where did she possibly get the papers?.......obviously neighbors. Who might have gotten worried about being punished for blasphemy?........obviously those that threw in trash. Who accused her?.........Neighbor. Who has Lawyer?.....Neighbor. Hmmm?

      I do not really care what the big picture is, people are still who they are. Islam is such a good religion? (And I am not just pointing finger at Islam it comes down to person). These people that accused her, framed her are the ones that are performing their actions on their own........and this blasphemy law allows it to happen.

      For your information this has happened well before Afghan refuges going into pakistan.

      And yes christianity has its own bad also, so does hindu's and any other religious category. It is all coming down to the individual in each of these......this should be local matter. Find the person responsible(neighbor), see who did what wrong in process(Imam), and see who is innocent(the christian girl).

      September 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  15. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    September 3, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • hal 9000

      I'm sorry "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but you assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      September 3, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • N Shah

      Just be a good human, does not matter what or whom you worship or not.

      September 3, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • truth be told

      It matters just as it matters where you shop and what you shop with. Real money is required for honest purchases phony money will get you in trouble. The real God is only the one whom deserves honest worship. worshiping a phony will get you in trouble.

      September 3, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • just sayin

      @n shah
      There is no good human, all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. God bless

      September 3, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Just saying... You appear have such a low opinion of humans and a high opinion of an alien you have no idea even exists..it is no wonder that you seem depressed and want to see your "god" in death..what a waste of a life when others have died and would have loved to stayed here for while longer and enjoyed the beauty of the world... and would have had a better appreciation for the real truth of how we got here, and how we are so connected to the universe.

      September 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • just sayin

      God has revealed Himself to us in these last days through His Son Jesus Christ. God is not an alien, God has become one of us that He might redeem all of us through His Grace. God bless

      September 3, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • thecollegeadmissionsguru

      Wow, are you people really this stupid? Seriously, have you never read a book or had a single thought? Do you believe that the earth is only 6000 years old? Do you not ask questions about your "faith" or seek anything other than what was written by iron age men with little or NO education? Religious belief is a sickness, rational thought is the only cure.

      September 3, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
  16. AvdBerg

    For a better understanding of the history of Islam and the spirit it serves (Luke 9:55) we invite you to read the articles ‘World History and Developments in the Middle East’ and ‘Clash of Civilizations’ listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    All of the other pages and articles listed on our website explain how and by whom this whole world has been deceived as confirmed in Revelation 12:9.

    September 3, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • midwest rail


      September 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • mama kindless

      Revelation?? Everyone knows whoever wrote that mess was high as a kite. They must have crashed their camel in a sea of bath salts or worse. My goodness.

      September 3, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • The prophet

      There is no goodness in mama kindless

      September 3, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Avdverg...you appear to have used the word "confirmed" when you meant "just written down"..confirmed would indicate that you have evidence and fact to back up your claim...and i bet you don't...

      September 3, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
  17. dr.music

    A lament from the times of islam’s birth in all the minds of people who know that islam has come too close for their own good. Islam was started only because moremad wanted to be richer faster and without any scruples....moremad is showing the mafia how to do it right.....even the Italian mafia will be talking guttural-arabic soon...anyway.....
    i Curse this world,
    i curse this time,
    i curse this fate of mine that uncivilized and never to be civilised arabs have come to make me and my loving and free and laughing family into dirty surly and gutter-uncouth muslims like themselves .

    The Council of Forward –Thinking Muslims somewhere in some desert in an air-conditioned tent has declared the Bulldozer as the Best invention of all time. Allah-oh-akkkkbbbaaarrrr.... Allah-oh-akkkkbbbaaarrrr.... !!!
    The Bulldozer won hands-down against Fire as a tool for wiping out recorded and beautifull non-islamic history. Hands-down !!

    September 3, 2012 at 9:45 am |
  18. dr.music

    Afganistan was a buddhist country till islam slimed in with green flags and dirty rivers of blood and arabic. The planet should invite the Great Dalai Lama to return to his true Buddhist country of his roots pre-islam. Afganistan should be give back to the buddhists who were forcibly ejected or slain by islam in the pre-koran burning age.
    Afganistan should be henceforth be called Greater Tibet.

    Do all the planet's muslims even know the ultimate islamic-allah-truth??
    "Until the last koran has been burnt and the last emir is hanged by the entrails of the last imam......there will be no peace on earth".

    All the muslims will have to go to Saudi and so will most muslims as long as they have the ashes of Korans they have burnt personally. A one way haj....saudi Arabia loves muslims. Take them .

    September 3, 2012 at 9:25 am |
    • N Shah

      Afghanistan was a Jewish country before Islam, with Buddhist rule as well.

      September 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  19. dr.music

    This Deeply Religious Card-Carrying Islamic mullah who gently and righteously tore and burnt the Koran is a WorldHero..... guided gently and rightly by allah or moremad he was shown the righteous and islamic way to tear apart and burn the koran. Cool. This is a good start.....allah is gently and rightly showing the world that it's cool to destroy the koran. This Deeply Religious Card-Carrying Islamic mullah who tore and burnt the Koran should be released from police custody asap and should be given a noble prize and continuous free world travel to show the planet's people how to gently and righteously tear and burn the koran.
    This is the next step of islam...burning after reading the koran whenever one comes across any koran however beautiful and stylishly written....you got to burn it bro...allah guided us so. It has be the right thing to do .......gently guided by allah and moremad. Tock tock tock tock your forehead on the ground now and wait for the next revelation from allah...coming soon to any Islamic country near you.

    This Deeply Religious Card-Carrying Islamic mullah who tore and burnt the Koran is truly a great muslim-man. Actually he should be given a beautiful marble statue that shows his tearing the koran and next to him in a series of 2 there should be a second beautiful marble statue of him burning the koran. It would look so lovely replicated in most town squares all over the globe as a super tribute to the first man after moremad showing the world and all his fellow muslims how to rightly and gently tear and burn all the Korans that they ever come across. There will be strongman shows on tv for and of people claiming they can tear a koran in seconds flat for cash rewards ofcourse. Whatever he did allah showed This Deeply Religious Card-Carrying Islamic mullah who tore and burnt the Koran rightly and verily so now he must show the world how allah guided him rightly to tear and burn the koran. Everyone and their dogs want to do it too. YESS !!! YESS !!! YESS !!! PAKISTAN IS SHOWING THE WAY OF HOW korans SHOULD BE BURNT properly and allah-guided. This Deeply Religious Card-Carrying Islamic mullah who allah guided gently to tear and burn the Koran should be invited to the UN for a jam-packed audience from around the world...tribal-heads should be invited too.... we should call this guy moremadtoo. Aaahhh......PAKISTAN....The Land of The Pure.....pure muslims....pure thugs......all of them.
    There are so many mozzys on this planet daily that now you can actually see them from space.....i’m sure..
    ...and the b l o o d-stain too....archealogically the islam-bloodstain has been around for just 1400 years. Time to can it!!..

    September 3, 2012 at 9:19 am |
    • N Shah

      I wish you could see how stupid your post seems, and your hatred is self destroying.....you should be ashamed to make all Hindus seem this stupid.

      September 3, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  20. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    I wonder what the Imam did to be made the scapegoat for this whole comedy.

    September 3, 2012 at 9:09 am |
    • series

      imam burns the koran and frames a 14 yr old. cowards et al

      September 3, 2012 at 10:15 am |
    • Topher

      Wait ... didn't the president say Islam is the religion of peace?

      September 3, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • midwest rail

      @ Topher – what exactly does that have to do with the article ? Gee, a true Christian would never attack someone in a sideswipe just for political points, would they ?

      September 3, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • Jewel Of Allah O Akbur

      sorry my non-muslim friends but Islam tolerates these kind of things, especially from Imams, that's why Islam is the best.

      September 3, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Jewel..Islam tolerates these kind of things.. so if you no longer wanted to be a Muslim you could be happy and tell the world about it? Were the Muslims tolerant of the this young girl..they appear to have not gotten your memo.

      September 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
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